December 11, 2018

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Female bears as surrogate moms for orphan cubs proves successful

GPS radio-collars are linked to satellites that transmit location data to the biologists. Four of these females currently have approximately 10 month old cubs with them and three to four are expected to have cubs this winter. Using wild female bears as surrogate mothers for orphan cubs has been a successful practice in Virginia. Female bears are excellent mothers and will readily raise orphan cubs. […]


A hunting he will go

Delegate Michael Webert, who represents Rappahannock County and the rest of the 18th District in the Virginia House of Delegates, describes himself as a “farmer and avid hunter,” and he certainly displayed the latter skill this past week. […]


Searching for a family’s final resting place

As I got closer, I could see the wrought iron fence enclosing a small private cemetery full of large gravestones. I ran east, through the gate, toward the closest monument to read the name on the front, and then seeing one of the long sought after names, I shrieked with joy and amazement and relief. Unbelievable! It exists! […]


Remembering President George H.W. Bush

Reaction from throughout Virginia on the passing of George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States and father of the 43rd, who died Friday night — less than eight months after the death of his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush — at his home in Houston. He was 94. […]


Following our better angels

The night I met President Bush, he led off his remarks by observing the fact that his wife was unable to join us. He said “you know everywhere I go people always ask me where’s Barbara, where’s Barbara” and his response, “Well, what about me, what about me, I was President?” We of course all laughed. […]

Letters to the Editor

Severe cold impacted stink bugs, wildlife

I have been tracking the abundance of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs since they arrived in my area in the latter half of the first decade of the 21st century. I have also tracked the abundance of the Asian Multicolored Lady Beetle and many other organisms over the course of decades. I don’t believe Professor Pfeiffer is correct in his assessment of this situation. […]

Letters to the Editor

Appreciates the News

A disturbing recent statistic from the University of North Carolina School of Journalism: More than 500 newspapers in rural communities have closed or merged since 2004. There are many counties in the United States that now have no local newspaper at all. […]


Climbing over Trump’s ‘Great Wall’

Our legislators have a chance to finally make something happen in Congress, after many years of inaction with few exceptions. Compromise has become an endangered, and seldom used, policy, and it has resulted in mostly inaction, and that is a prime reason for the election of Donald J. Trump. […]


Sullivan set to convene final meeting as Washington mayor

Mayor Sullivan, after much thought, announced in May that he had decided against seeking a third term as mayor of the county seat, declaring it’s “time for a change, both for me and the town.” He said his decision “did not come easily.” Mayor-elect Fred Catlin will officially take over the town’s reins on January 1. […]


I owe how much?

Rappahannock County taxpayers had until yesterday (Wednesday, Dec. 5) to pay their 2018 real estate and personal property taxes. This year’s tax bills reflect an overall three cents increase in the real estate tax for a total of seventy-three cents per one-hundred dollars of assessed value. […]

Rappahannock Weather

Tomorrow is forecast to be nearly the same temperature as today.
Tuesday 0%
High 43° / Low 25°
Clear. Lows overnight in the mid 20s.
Mostly Cloudy
Wednesday 10%
High 42° / Low 27°
Mostly Cloudy
A mix of clouds and sun in the morning followed by cloudy skies during the afternoon. High 42F. Winds light and variable.

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Local Events This Week

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  • Winter Concert

    December 13, 2018  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Rappahannock County High School, 12576 Lee Hwy, Washington, VA 22747, USA
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  • Second Friday Talk

    December 14, 2018  8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Rappahannock County Library, 4 Library Rd, Washington, VA 22747, USA
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  • United Methodist Men Breakfast

    December 15, 2018  8:00 am - 10:00 am
    Amissville United Methodist Church, 14760 Lee Hwy, Amissville, VA 20106, USA
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  • Christmas Extravaganza

    December 15, 2018  1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Verdun Adventure Bound, 17044 Verdun Adventure Bound Trail, Rixeyville, VA 22737, USA
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  • Let's get ready for Christmas

    December 15, 2018  4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    115 N East St, Culpeper, VA 22701, USA
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  • Annual Living Nativity

    December 15, 2018  6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Rappahannock County Library, 4 Library Rd, Washington, VA 22747, USA
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  • Breakfast with Santa

    December 15, 2018  7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Washington Volunteer Fire And Rescue, 10 Firehouse Ln, Washington, VA 22747, USA
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